The history of hypnotherapy goes all the way back to an 18th Century Austrian physicist. Franz Anton Mesmer (1734 – 1815). He developed his own style of healing by ‘animal magnetism’ or ‘mesmerism’. The word ‘mesmerism’ comes straight from Franz Anton Mesmer. He applied magnets to patient’s bodies and tried to heal them of various kinds of illness. Mesmer was a charismatic showman who used his ‘mesmerism’ in theatrical shows.
The next significant step in the history of hypnotherapy happened in 1843. A Manchester eye doctor and physician, James Braid, renamed ‘magnetism/mesmerism’ as ‘hypnosis’. The term refers to Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.
The modern day acceptance of hypnosis owes a great debt to research starting in the 1920′s and 30′s by two men. Clark Hull and his then student, Milton H. Erickson. He went on to become a recognised authority on clinical hypnosis, and a master of indirect hypnosis.
Dr. Erickson maintained that trance is a common, everyday occurrence. For example, when waiting for buses and trains, reading or listening, or even in strenuous physical exercise. He believes it's quite normal to become immersed in the activity and go into a trance state, removed from any other irrelevant stimuli. These states are so common and familiar that most people do not recognise them as hypnotic phenomena.
Now a days we have hypnosis shows on TV and a general public acceptance of hypnosis as a therapy. It can amazing things for some people. Hypnotherapy works very well for most people most of the time, when used in skilled hands. There are some occasions where it will not work. Start your conversation with me and you will get an honest answer.